Three buildings in Buffalo – two of them adjacent to one another – now under redevelopment have been nominated for the State and National Registers of Historic Places, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced.
The 1896 Sibley & Holmwood Candy Factory, 149 Swan St., which operated from 1896 to 1927, and the 1901 Witkop & Holmes Headquarters, 145 Swan St., which was in business from 1901 to 1933, remain after much of the historic building fabric was lost during the mid-century. Architects Lansing and Bierl designed the Sibley & Holmwood Candy Factory, while the firm of Bethune, Behtune and Fuchs, and its principal architect, Louise Bethune – a rare woman in a man’s world – designed the Witkop & Holmes Headquarters.
The 1902 Taylor Signal Company/General Railway Signal Company, a concrete-framed factory building at 1738 Elmwood Ave., was successful in the early mass production of electric railway signals. The complex was designed by Esenwein & Johnson, whose works include the present City Honors School and the Ward Pumping Station.The designations will allow the properties to be eligible for state and national historic tax credits.
“Preserving these historic sites helps promote tourism, one of New York’s fastest growing industries, especially upstate,” Cuomo said in a statement. “These sites represent notable parts of New York’s past and I encourage travelers to visit them and learn about our state’s great history.”